Apple’s picks for best new health apps of 2014

By: Aditi Pai | Feb 6, 2014        

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A few weeks ago, MobiHealthNews published a slideshow of 27 mobile health tools for tracking food, a majority of which were apps. The slideshow included many new and old apps that aimed to keep users healthy with nutrition tracking. Now, the Apple App Store has released its own list of app that spans both health and fitness categories. The list looks specifically at the “best new apps” on the market.

Of course diet apps exist on the list, but so do fitness apps, emotional wellness apps and even one smoking app. Apple highlights some apps that have tried to put a new spin on health and fitness tracking by approaching the app a different way, for instance Carrot, a snarky app that will insult the user. More than one app is geared specifically towards women and a good portion of the apps take advantage of Apple’s M7 motion coprocessor.

The list below includes all of the apps listed in Apple App Store’s Best New Apps category.

Carrot Fit – $1.99

Carrot Fit

Carrot Fit uses a snarky female-voiced artificial intelligence (AI) who will cheer the user on when he or she loses weight, but berate him or her for weight gains. Users enter their weight manually and the app tracks it on a graph, and also calculates the user’s BMI and allows the user to enter weight loss goals. Carrot will remind users to enter their weight, and will “pass judgment” once they do.

The creator — a one-man team who is behind this app and two others — Brian Mueller, chose to make his character snarky after looking at other behavior change apps already on the market. He added that people really responded to the negative remarks that Carrot provides.

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  • JoshuaGraham

    Hello nice app! Health conscious people should use these kind of apps. Here I would like to say that you should note down all your health tips and can share them with your friends. For that I have an app “Notionnote” which is really a best app ever.

  • Natalie

    Customized app development services have grabbed the market for a long time and they have introduced the apps like this. The aforesaid app looks really awesome for me.

  • Wade

    Awesome list of apps! Another great (and free!) app is Gym Log+ to help build muscle and strength. (Full disclosure: Not only am I the developer, I’m also a client.) With this app, I setup my workout routine before hitting the gym, so I know exactly what I’m going to do without wandering around aimlessly. I see my previous workout side-by-side with my current workout to motivate me to do an extra rep or add a little more weight to keep my workouts challenging. If I start to zone out between sets, the rest timer dings after a minute to keep me focused and remind me to do my next set. Check it out! :)

  • patriciafrazer

    I am currently using Health Memo free app to organize my health record electronically.

  • michaelromilly

    Great article. Huge amount of buzz around mHealth apps – but nobody is talking about app ROI in healthcare. We’re developing apps for some of the worlds leading pharmaceutical companies and wanted to share the project ROI data. Some of the findings are astounding: